France To Effectively Decriminalize Cannabis By Ending Prison Terms

The French government is about to make some drastic changes to the enforcement of cannabis use laws. A government spokesperson revealed that by the end of 2017, France will end all prison terms for cannabis users.

Existing Policy

Current French law states that cannabis use is a criminal offense. It is punishable by up to one year in prison and up to a EUR 3,750 fine. Regardless, officials plan to end prison terms for cannabis users, even though cannabis use will remain a criminal offense until further legislative changes take place.


France Wants to Scrap Prison Terms for Cannabis Use

France will introduce a new law by the end of the year to soften punishments for cannabis use, officials say.

The legislation, a key promise of President Emmanuel Macron’s election campaign, will end prison terms for marijuana consumers.

But the changes will stop short of decriminalising use of the drug, according to government spokesman Christophe Castaner.

France is one of half-a-dozen countries in the EU that still criminalises cannabis use, in contrast to Portugal.


Oui: France to decriminalize Marijuana

France intends to soon stop prosecuting marijuana possession with years of imprisonment, according to a statement by GĂ©rard Collomb, the newly appointed interior minister.

Under new rules that are currently being developed, cannabis possession will be degraded from the highest status of crime to the lowest one, called "contravention" in the French judiciary system. As such, violators will no longer be subject to imprisonment; instead, people found in possession of marijuana will simply have to pay a fine of €100 ($111).


The French Presidential Election Offers A Clear Choice On Drug Policy

France’s national motto, dating back to the French Revolution, is “Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité.” How the two finalists for the French presidency embody those principles depends on how you define them.

Liberty can mean freedom from tyranny, but tyranny can take many forms: an overreaching government, poverty, or, in a sense, addiction to harmful and illegal drugs. Equality can mean everyone is treated the same under the law, or that potentially harmful vices are punished equally. Fraternity can mean solidarity among people with common interests, or it can mean people helping each other in ways such as helping drug addicts find drug rehabs instead of putting them in prison.


March for the decriminalization of cannabis in Paris

In rap and reggae tunes, the procession, composed of many young people but also of sick people, militant for the use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes, departed shortly after 15 hours from Place de la Bastille to Place de la Bastille. Republic, behind a banner proclaiming: “Worldwide marijuana cannabis decriminalization self-production cannabis therapeutic. Another drug policy is possible “. This year, the march was advanced to stand between the two rounds of the presidential.


French election: Four out of five presidential candidates support relaxation of cannabis laws

Four out of the five main candidates in the French presidential election support a relaxation of the country’s cannabis laws.

Under the current law, first passed in 1970, taking any illegal drug carries the risk of a one-year prison sentence and a fine of up to 3,750 euros.

However cannabis remains one of the most popular illegal drugs in France, with 47 per cent of 17-year-olds saying they have tried it, according to a recent survey by the French Observatory for Drugs and Addiction.


Cannabis in France: An Unprecedented Campaign Debate

Four of the top five candidates at the Elysée want an evolution of the law. Until now, only the "small parties" proposed the contravention or the legalization. The actors on the ground are divided.


Legal Cannabis on the Cards as French Election Heats Up

The first round of France’s Socialist party primary has yielded a surprise victory for the country’s cannabis enthusiasts.

It comes in the form of Benoit Hamon, described by BBC News as the “French Bernie Sanders”, who has captured public interest with a series of policy proposals, including legalising cannabis.

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Benoit Hamon. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)


Meet the Robot-Taxing, Marijuana-Legalizing, Jeremy Corbyn of the French Left

French left-wingers are fed up with being in power.

That appeared to be the message that 600,000 of them were sending Sunday when they made a little known former education minister the favorite to win the left’s presidential nomination.


France: The Legalization of Cannabis at the Center of the Debate

Marseille elected on Sunday (January 8th) to legalize the consumption of cannabis. This subject, has divided the left for 20 years, is again being debated between candidates at the primary level.

Legalize, decriminalize or penalize the consumption of cannabis?

The question has resurfaced in recent weeks. On Sunday, 8 January, one hundred and fifty Marseilles, including PS Patrick Mennucci and Marie-Arlette Carlotti, launched an appeal in the JDD for a "controlled legalization" of cannabis.


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